March 09, 2011
Lirida Kercelli, a second-year graduate student at the Information Networking Institute (INI), is the recipient of a conference scholarship to attend the 2011 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in San Francisco on April 3-5. The scholarship covers her travel expenses, accommodation and conference registration fee.
Named after a mathematician and professor whose parents were Mexican immigrants, the Tapia conference celebrates diversity and leadership in technology fields. The event welcomes several internationally recognized speakers and hosts educational sessions.
"Richard Tapia Conference will provide me with the opportunity to network with world-class leading researchers in their respective fields. Attending the conference will greatly help me and inspire me on making the most important decision of my career," said Kercelli, who is facing the decision whether to pursue a Ph.D. or enter industry upon graduating in May.
In addition to encouraging students to apply to conference scholarships, the INI sponsors several scholarships each fall for students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The students often value these events as memorable and productive networking opportunities.